Real life zombies: Scientists revive pig organs after hours of death


There is in contemporary popular culture an undeniable fascination with zombies. Perhaps that era of fury where franchises like The Walking Dead.

But it is undeniable that they still remain a present element of intermittent popularity among our cultural consumption products.

We have the perfect example of this with productions such as Marvel Zombies or the latest movie Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon Citya peculiar tape that, while it doesn’t look like a purist elevating the canon of games, turns out to be one of the most pleasant surprises of the year.

All this is very good, to have this obsession with this kind of creature in the field of fiction, cinema, comics and TV series.

The little big problem is when the scientific community joins this collective fever and they start doing things to create real undead. Just like it just happened.

The strange story of the OrganEx method and the zombie pigs

It turns out that a group of researchers from the Yale University have just been published in the latest edition of Nature the details of his most recent research project.

Where, basically, they managed to create a series of zombies. Although not everything is as potentially dangerous as it might sound.

The scientists roughly restored the function of multiple cells and organs in pigs within an hour of death.


To achieve this, they first induced cardiac arrest in these animals (previously anesthetized), let 60 minutes elapse and treated them with OrganEx.

This is a method and technology that basically consists of using a perfusion device similar to a bypass machine to relieve the function of the hearts and lungs.

It was at this point that they injected an experimental fluid with compounds that can stimulate cellular health and suppress inflammation in the body after respiratory and cardiac arrest.

That is how after six hours they discovered that certain key cellular functions were still active in different areas of the body, including the heart, liver and kidneys.

In fact at some point in the process, the pigs’ heads and necks began to move out of nowhere as if they regained motor function, which opens up room for more research:

“We can restore some cell function, across multiple vital organs, that should have been dead. These cells are working hours later than they should.”

This is what Professor Nenad Sestan marks in his research project, one of those responsible for having technically created the first zombie pigs.

The results of this experiment will lead the scientific community to rethink what exactly happens in the process of death of mammals.

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